Jan 1, 2013 8:00pm EST
, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i ask that the speaker reconsider. i want to thank eric cantor who has worked tirelessly throughout these many days, right up until the last couple of minuteses. today families lack housing, businesses are in shambles and municipalities have been decimated. mr. smith: 346,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed in new jersey, with 22,000 units today uninhabitble. approximately 100,000 new storm-related unemployment claims have been filed in new jersey. 100,000. over 235,000 people have already registered with fema for individual assistance. this is a dire crisis. people are hurting. i talk to people in my district who have been malaffected and they're looking to offer help and they're looking for timely help. we need to pass this. please, mr. speaker, reconsider. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i truly feel betrayed this evening. i left this floor with an understanding that this bill was going to be brought to the floor.